Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Living Seas

What did we do before we found Nemo?  I guess we explored the Living Seas.

The Living Seas presented by United Technologies. 

The Living Seas opened in 1986.  At the time, it housed the largest saltwater tank in the world.  The attraction took guests under the ocean to "Sea Base Alpha", where they viewed a short movie about the formation of the oceans, followed by an elevator ride (on a Hydrolator) to the ocean floor.  Guests then boarded "Seacabs" and traveled along an underwater tunnel through the aquarium.  From there, guests rode around Sea Base Alpha and got an up-close view of the aquarium.   After the ride, guests disembarked into an exhibit area where they could interact with various displays.

In 2007, Disney opened a re-themed The Living Seas pavilion based on the film Finding Nemo.  

In the photo above you can see the original attraction sign.  At the time, I thought the waves crashing behind the sign was such a cool effect.  I must have been an easily impressed teenager!  My brother and I waited and waited for the right time to get that picture.  

Do you remember The Living Seas without Nemo?  

(Shhh....don't tell anyone...even though I'm a die-hard old school EPCOT fan, I have to admit, I love "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" attraction that took over The Living Seas.)

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